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Persephone Restaurant, Aptos, CA

Persephone Restaurant

4.5
4.5
653 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Persephone Restaurant is a fine dining establishment focused on bringing the best and freshest ingredients Santa Cruz County has to offer directly to you. We are a Seasonal Kitchen meaning that we change our menu based upon whatever ingredients are locally seasonably available.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today
Experiences are available.

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Other options

  • Order online
Private dining

Private dining

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Contemporary Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Wednesday - Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm

  • Phone number

    (831) 612-6511

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Cori Goudge-Ayer

  • Private party facilities

    Call 831-612-6511 or email info@persephonerestaurant.com for private party inquiries.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator : (855) 407-0775

  • Neighborhood

    Aptos

  • Parking details

    Parking is available to patrons in the full lot extending down to Coldwell Bankers office.

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Sante Adairius Brewmaster's Dinner

    $125.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Oct 2, 2022 only
    Join us for a night of beer pairing fun! Chef Cori has designed 5 courses to pair with 5 Sante Adairius beers! 1st PATATAS BRAVAS W SPICY AIOLI AND FRIED ROCKFISH WITH GRIBICHE • Paired with Sante Adairius Elevated Life and Sunshine Panorama • 2nd PORK BELLY WITH CALABRIAN CHILI HONEY AND APPLE-RADISH SLAW • Paired with Sante Adairius Lady In Grey • 3rd RUEBEN SOUP WITH PASTRAMI, SWISS CHEESE, AND RYE CROSTINI. • Paired with Sante Adairius Silent Spaces • 4th CHARD WRAPPED HALIBUT WITH MARMALATA, FORBIDDEN RICE, AND PASSIONFRUIT BEURRE BLANC • Paired with Sante Adairius Family Whistle • 5th GINGER SNAP AND COFFEE ICE CREAM SANDWICH • Paired with Sante Adairius Barleywine •

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What 653 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Best Food

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Fit for Foodies

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Notable Wine List

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Romantic

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Special Occasion

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! What a gem! The food at Persephone is divine! Delicious flavors and beautiful plating. I was greeted and welcomed in before even stepping foot through the door—the service was top notch. Michael was our server and he could not be more attentive, knowledgeable and warm. Our whole evening was fantastic, every dish divine! Loved the fresh house made hummus served with the focaccia bread to start. Great wines, and the heirloom watermelon salad was to die for! Loved the truffle pasta too. It was my birthday dinner and they gave a choice between a complimentary dessert and glass of wine! Fabulous! Beautiful atmosphere and artwork authentic to Santa Cruz. What a fantastic place! I travel and eat at high end restaurants all the time and Persephone truly blew me away! It’s a must!
  2. LA

    LadyinAptos

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful wait staff, intimate setting inside, we were seated inside, they offer outside dining. Food was amazing. Looking forward to going back:)
  3. JA

    JulianA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall great food and nice local wine list. Good pasta and chicken and catch of the day. Even saw Mel Gibson eating in the outdoor patio area.
  4. DJ

    DebbieJ

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fabulous wines and small bites at the wine tasting!
  5. DC

    DavidC

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Every time we go, the menu gets better! Excellent wine list as well! AC would have been nice, though!
  6. JS

    JudithS

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu is fresh, creative, and well-sourced for local, seasonal ingredients. Their outdoor dining area is one of the prettiest we've been to.
  7. C

    Carlovers

    Portland

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu is very limited but our choices (short rib and bolognese) were perfect. We also split a Caesar salad which was excellent. We will be back next time we are in town!
  8. H

    Happybirthdaytome

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our anniversary, and we were treated by the restaurant with them waiving the corkage fee, since we didn’t want dessert.
  9. K

    Kate

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service, wonderful food, and just an incredible place to eat and celebrate! Thank you
  10. BP

    BillyPilgrim

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Service was amazing and the ambiance is great. Food was good, but not great. Not really worth the price tag.
  11. HL

    HowardL

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    They got several items wrong, and the food was only in retry good.
  12. MS

    MarkS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Among the finest in Santa Cruz County. Each course a well-crafted creation with excellent flavor blends and prepared very well. Nice to see this fine restaurant survived the pandemic and is back in full swing, and wokring out the kinks in staffing up (a huge challenge right now). Bottom line, however, is the food and Chef Cori has always delivered. Hailing from our own local culinary institute prior to pursuing a stellar career at two of my favorite restaurants of the past (Acquerello (still one of the greats) and Laili (slipping in quality since Chef Cori's departure)). Looking forwad to returning soon.
  13. s

    sandick

    San Francisco

    40 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Unfortunately, we were very disappointed in our Persephone experience and will not return. They were very understaffed. Several items on menu were not available. Bottle of wine we ordered was not available. One of the dinners was just fine and other was overcooked. I really do not like to leave such a negative review, but there really was not anything positive to add.
  14. SM

    SteveM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    One our favorite Aptos restaurants. Always a quality dinner that is creative and tastes great. The duck pasta was awesome and The chicken spatzle was excellent
  15. T

    Terry

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanks for a memorable Anniversary dining experience. Waiter very accommodating. Food & wine excellent. We enjoyed it so much. Other diners were respectfully talking quietly. We could pretend we were in Europe.
  16. m

    mandessa

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Really lovely food and location, the staff and servers were so kind, but they are obviously having staffing issues. Bottle of Rose wine wasn’t chilled before it was served, they never cleared our dishes, even as they served dessert. To spend so much for dinner and not get wine pairings until 15 min after dinner is served or waiting to get utensils or eating on a table full of dirty dishes was a real disappointment. And the folks there were obviously working so hard, so I can’t fault them. Such a bummer but will definitely give them another try in a while in hopes they get these issues settled because they food, location and people were great.
  17. PF

    PaulaF

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is a must-go-to restaurant in Aptos! The food is creative and delicious, and the service is friendly and attentive. The lunch is informal on the small, covered patio. The restaurant inside is small but not crowded, with covered table clothes and a cozy ambiance. I highly recommend it.
  18. A

    Aphrodite

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful to have a fine dining restaurant near Santa Cruz. My salmon was cooked perfectly, moist and tasty.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A birthday celebration. We come to Persephone about once a quarter and have never had a bad entree. Small intimate restaurant with an attentive wait staff and great chef. Look forward to more frequent dining there now that COVID restriction have relaxed.
  20. K

    Kubotronic

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    The service was superb! We sat outside and Our server Mikael was amazing! Give this guy a raise! Very personable, remembered names as we said in passing that were on their way, made our day special with a birthday brownie! Simply amazing! Plenty of parking out front, it was quiet outside and we had the whole place to ourselves. But food was meh. Salmon was excellent but that was about it!
  21. R

    Rich

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    Service was amazing but disappointed in the food- it was just okay
  22. P

    Paula

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was original and delicious. Great service, also!
  23. n

    nancyh

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    We went to Persephone in Dec 2021 and had a delightful dinner and service outside. Decided to go back for my husbands birthday and it was a disappointment. Service was slow. It was clear the young person was not experienced to know to bring a cooler for bottle white wine. Given the labor situation we gave it a hall pass. The appetizer was good but the dinner very disappointing. The truffle pasta was heavy and presentation not very appealing; basically average not what it could have been. The stuffed chicken was dry; stuffing was bland and sauce didn't seem to work. Averages dishes all around . Given the price for this calibre of restaurant, we were disappointed. The wine selection was nice and we enjoyed our Fonzone wine. Maybe it was just an off night...
  24. D

    Dhagen

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! The Ridge Vineyards 6 course wine pairing event was fantastic! Superb food and wonderful wine. Every course was a complex compliment to the paired wine.
  25. m

    msxcski

    Central Coast

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our group of 4 diners greatly enjoyed our meal at Persephone on a Friday evening about 7:30 pm. We were seated in an outdoor covered seating area which included effective propane heater when it was needed. Our waiter and the other staff were pleasant and effective and dealt well with a little confusing messages from the kitchen about what was available at that time. The also attended to temperature needs in this cool Aptos evening. I avoid wheat and our waiter was happy to check with the kitchen on which items would work for me. I started with the Bay Blue Wedge Salad which was tasty but not outstanding but further courses were remarkable. My entree was Pomegranate Glazed Eggplant served with saffron-cauliflower puree, jasmine rice, sautéed chard and Garden Variety garlic yogurt. It was delightfully seasoned and cooked just right. The accompaniments went well with it and had distinctive and pleasant flavors. It was excellent. My dessert was the Strawberry Almond Cake Flourless almond cake with strawberry mascarpone, lemon creme anglaise, whipped cream, and macerated strawberries. It was tasty though the cake was a little dry. The others were quite happy with their meals as well.
  26. JA

    JoeyA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and even better service! Can’t recommend enough!
  27. E

    Eliz

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We LOVE this restaurant - it is our "go to" for birthdays, anniversaries, out of town guests., The food is always good and the service excellent. We have eten outside for lunches and inside for dinner - both are just fine. The noise level inside is so low - you can always hear your conversation with those with you.
  28. SA

    SuzanneA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Disappointed with the overall experience. Used to be our go to special occasion place and really felt the quality of the food has slipped as well as service.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I attended a food and wine tasting menu that evening at Persephone. It was a nice atmosphere we were outside, the pairings were good, couple of them were a little on the cool side but the flavors were still good. I will come back and have a full dinner there soon.
  30. SC

    SantaCruzansMandM

    Yosemite

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My sea bass was wonderful, as were my husband's short ribs. We shared, so I can attest that both dishes were exquisite. Our appetizers were also delicious: We shared the turkey, wild mushroom soup and the fresh, tasty salad. Our server, Michael, was outstanding, and our table overlooked a beautiful forest scene. Dining at Persephone is an experience to remember.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I can’t believe I didn’t come here sooner!!! This place is amazing, food was outstanding, owners and service was impeccable. They are opening for lunches Thu-Sun too. Check it out, I’m impressed.
  32. SL

    SharaLee

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent. The menu and food were great with local ingredients and creative combinations. The owners and staff take their service very seriously and it shows. Thank you!
  33. DH

    DavidH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience, delicious food and great service for my wife’s birthday!
  34. KM

    KathleenM

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The menu is limited and was missing any real interesting dishes - appetizers in particular. My eggplant main dish was ok and overpriced. Our service was inconsistent. I really want to like it more. I will give it another try.
  35. C

    Cashley

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the best night. Our server was wonderful and funny. Totally fun girls night out! Chicken was delicious. Huge wine list. Will be back.
  36. f

    flashflood

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Persephone is a local gem for foodies. The menu is partly seasonal, and partly timeless like the beef short ribs and stuffed Fogline chicken (both excellent). The ambience is perfect for date night, the service friendly and attentive. You can dress up or come casual and feel perfectly at home either way.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was friendly and attentive. The food was excellent and the restaurant was charming. A lovely experience.
  38. a

    alex

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I had our wedding anniversary dinner here. Everything about the dinner was perfect.
  39. SK

    SaraK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We went for a birthday dinner for my son. The food was very good, the service was friendly if a tiny bit slow. We ate outside and I missed the feeling of a fine dining experience like you get inside, but it was fine on a warm day.
  40. F

    Fritz

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Persephone 's food is outstanding. The tableware is also beautiful, and you can order flowers for the table. The noise from traffic (we were outdoors) was sometimes a problem. Service was a little slow but the waiter was super nice. Overall a lovely place.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Persephone Restaurant using the Order Online button. Persephone Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 612-6511.

Persephone Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 653 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Persephone Restaurant

7945 Soquel Dr, Aptos, CA 95003

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Aptos

  • Hours of operation

    Wednesday - Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Contemporary Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking is available to patrons in the full lot extending down to Coldwell Bankers office.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Cori Goudge-Ayer

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (831) 612-6511

  • Private party facilities

    Call 831-612-6511 or email info@persephonerestaurant.com for private party inquiries.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator : (855) 407-0775

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